Fearless Footsteps

I am super excited to announce that Intrepid Times and Exisle Publishing are releasing an amazing anthology called “Fearless Footsteps” next year – and that our story about climbing Mount St. Helens will be featured in it! Copyright © 2019 Volcano Hopper. All rights reserved. Loved…

Mount Hood

Wy’east has a secret. He loves the sunrise. Before the sun even rose, I felt the stirring.  I lifted my head from the soft pillow and looked out the window.  Outside of our log cabin at the base of Mount Hood, the sky was turning purple behind…

Thursday Thoughts – Climbing Mount St. Helens

Climbing Mount St. Helens was one of the most difficult, and most rewarding, hikes I have ever done. There is nothing quite like the thrill of reaching the top of an active volcano!

Mount St. Helens: Scaling the Volcano

Monitor Ridge – Part 1 Mount St. Helens is 8,366’ of badass stratovolcano.  She may not be the tallest volcano out there, but her slopes are steep and slippery.  And did I mention that she’s active?  At any moment, the volcano could hiccup and cause an ash explosion,…

Mount St. Helens: The Boundary Trail

The landscape around Mount St. Helens is just packed with trails waiting to be explored.  I’m certain I just need to move up to Washington for six months so that I can get my boots on every single one!  My partners in crime and I had…

Capulin: The Summit

VITAL STATS Name: Capulin Type: Cinder Cone Eruption Status: Extinct Last Eruption: Approximately 60,000 years ago Location: 36.7811° N, 103.9695° W Northeastern New Mexico; Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field The clouds that enshrouded Capulin’s cone finally began to break around mid-morning.  We raced to the summit…

Capulin: The Lava Flow Trail

Vital Stats Name: Capulin Type: Cinder Cone Eruption Status: Extinct Last Eruption: Approximately 60,000 years ago Location: 36.7811° N, 103.9695° W Northeastern New Mexico; Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field Capulin volcano has 4 lava flows – three of which are absolutely massive.  They each started from…

Capulin Volcano

Vital Stats Name: Capulin Type: Cinder Cone Eruption Status: Extinct Last Eruption: Approximately 60,000 years ago Location: 36.7811° N, 103.9695° W Northeastern New Mexico; Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field The drive east through Northern New Mexico can be a pretty boring one.  The landscape is flat…